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Hurricane Maria Live Updates: In Puerto Rico, the Storm ‘Destroyed Us’

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:18:56 GMT

Rubble atop a car in the Puerta de Tierra area of San Juan, P.R., on Thursday.Flash flood warnings were expanded to cover the entire island early Thursday, even as a strengthened Maria brought heavy rainfall to the Dominican Republic.

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Puerto Rico Flooded by Hurricane Maria

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:26:48 GMT

All regions of Puerto Rico battled floodwaters as Hurricane Maria regained “major hurricane status” off the coast of the Dominican Republic.

California Today: California Today: Mexico Has a Quake Warning System. Where is California’s?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:34:47 GMT

A quake left a crack along a street in Napa in 2014. Seismologists say California is bound to experience a major earthquake in the coming decades.Thursday: Checking in on California’s earthquake warning system, pro surfers compete in the San Joaquin Valley, and snow arrives in Tahoe.

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Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related to Trump’s Actions as President

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:50:16 GMT

Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, at the Capitol in June.Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, is interested in Mr. Trump’s firing of his F.B.I. director and national security adviser and other events.

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Manafort Working on Kurdish Referendum Opposed by U.S.

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:21:42 GMT

Lebanese Kurds demonstrated on Sunday in Martyrs’ Square in Beirut in support of the referendum vote on Iraqi Kurdish independence.President Trump’s former campaign chairman has continued soliciting international business even as his past international work is under investigation.

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Insurers Come Out Swinging Against New Republican Health Care Bill

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:33:00 GMT

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, could be one of the pivotal votes on health care legislation next week.The health insurance industry, which has been cautious about previous bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act, came out sharply against the latest version.

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Public Health: The G.O.P. Bill Forces States to Build Health Systems From Scratch. That’s Hard.

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:30:01 GMT

Mitt Romney, then the governor of Massachusetts, signing the state’s landmark health care bill into law in 2006.Every state would need to make political choices and build brand-new systems in only two years. Remember what happened with

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Trump Moves to Widen U.S. Sanctions on North Korea

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:16:17 GMT

“It is unacceptable that others financially support this criminal, rogue regime,” President Trump said of North Korea on Thursday.Two days after threatening to “totally destroy” nuclear-armed North Korea, the president pursued more economic sanctions.

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South Korea’s Leader Will Be Odd Man Out in Meeting With Trump and Shinzo Abe

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:02:25 GMT

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, left, President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, in Hamburg, Germany, in July. Mr. Moon has repeatedly ruled out a military option against North Korea.As he meets President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, President Moon Jae-in appears isolated in opposing military options against North Korea.

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Trump Pushes to Revisit Iran Nuclear Deal, and Asks Allies to Help

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:24:26 GMT

President Trump met with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday.With a deadline looming, the president seeks support from allies to toughen provisions of the pact rather than scrap it, with mixed reaction from Europeans.

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36 Hours in Madrid

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:00:22 GMT

Spend 36 Hours in Madrid, Spain’s vibrant capital.

S.&P. Downgrades China’s Debt, Citing a Surge in Lending

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:57:05 GMT

Construction at Beijing’s new airport. Standard & Poor’s downgraded its rating on China’s debt on Thursday, saying the country was using growing amounts of debt to fund building projects and other activities that spur economic growth.The firm’s move, spurred by a borrowing spree that it said threatens the world’s No. 2 economy, comes just before a sensitive Communist Party meeting.

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Trump Likened to ‘a Dog Barking’ by North Korea’s Top Envoy

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:49:30 GMT

An undated picture released Wednesday by North Korea’s state news agency purported to show Kim Jong-un, the country’s leader, visiting an orchard in South Hwanghae Province, in the southwest.Threatened by President Trump with destruction, North Korea likens the American leader to a yapping canine and worries for his aides.

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Facebook, After ‘Fail’ Over Ads Targeting Racists, Makes Changes

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:46:26 GMT

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, said the company had never anticipated that its ad-targeting technology could be used to court users who described themselves as “Jew haters” or used other hate speech.Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, promised “more human review and oversight” to make sure offensive terms aren’t used to target ads.

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Lillian Ross, Acclaimed Reporter for The New Yorker, Dies at 99

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:31:38 GMT

Lillian Ross in 1998.One of her rules of journalism was, “Do not call attention to yourself.” Yet she did just that in a memoir about her long affair with her celebrated editor.

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Your Daily Mini Crossword

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:01:11 GMT

Solve a bite-size crossword in just a few minutes.

Battered, Not Broken: Pictures of Mexico After the Quake

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:41:20 GMT

Volunteers searched a building that collapsed in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City on Tuesday.As Mexicans rush to one another’s aid, portraits of a country show that it is already dusting itself off.

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At Mexican School Hit by Quake, Heartbreak and Dwindling Hope

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:44:53 GMT

A wing of the three-story building collapsed into a massive pancake of concrete slabs.At least 30 children died when the earthquake collapsed their school. As the hours passed, rescuers found mostly lifeless bodies, but also some survivors.

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Mexicans Dig Through Quake Rubble as Death Toll Passes 200

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:27:11 GMT

Dozens of buildings collapsed in Mexico City. “The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people,” Mexico’s president said.Thousands of rescue workers plunged into the shattered shells of homes and offices. Officials said the priority is to keep saving people.

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Why Mexico Is So Prone to Strong Earthquakes

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:19:05 GMT

Rescuers worked on a collapsed building in the Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City on Tuesday.Two powerful quakes, 12 days apart, have killed hundreds of people in Mexico this month. We look at how, where and why the big ones happen.

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Where to Donate to Mexico Earthquake Victims

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:53:02 GMT

Rescue workers pulling a man out of a building that collapsed during an earthquake in Mexico City on Tuesday.Here is a list of local and international organizations that are helping those affected.

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Merkel Says Germans ‘Never Had It Better.’ But Many Feel Left Behind.

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:06:02 GMT

Nadja Haj Mohamad, center, sorting the delivered food at the Tafel food bank headquarters in Bremerhaven, Germany, last week. In the 12 years that Chancellor Angela Merkel has been in power, the number of people the Bremerhaven Tafel serves has grown sevenfold to more than 10,500.Chancellor Angela Merkel’s message of strength has dominated the election campaign, but poverty, economic insecurity and income disparity have grown during her tenure.

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Common Sense: Tax Reform for the Rich: Reduce the Rates but Lose the Breaks

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:33:14 GMT

A study by the Tax Foundation shows that the mortgage interest deduction disproportionately favors taxpayers in states with high real-estate costs, which tend to be blue states like New York and California.Curbing special treatment for state and local taxes, mortgage interest and capital gains could pay for meaningful changes across the board.

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In Country Music, Nice Guys Finish First (for Now)

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:20:49 GMT

The gentlemen of country, clockwise from top left: Chris Lane, Dylan Scott, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett, Michael Ray and Russell Dickerson.For most of the 2010s, Nashville was dominated by the masculinity of bro country. But now the pendulum has swung to the other side: Meet the country gentleman.

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Tech We’re Using: Avoiding Cameras While Training the Lens on Food

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:25:04 GMT

Pete Wells, The New York Times’s restaurant critic, at a Brooklyn restaurant this month.Pete Wells, The Times’s restaurant critic, discussed how he avoids cameras to protect his identity and how technology has transformed the dining scene.

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Parliament Square in London Is Closer to Having First Female Statue

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:08:19 GMT

Statues of Mohandas K. Gandhi, front, and Abraham Lincoln in Parliament Square in London.The British artist Gillian Wearing presented her design of a bronze statue of Millicent Garrett Fawcett, the women’s rights campaigner.

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Battle Over Confederate Monuments Moves to the Cemeteries

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:00:23 GMT

Vandals in August decapitated a statue of a Confederate soldier that stood in Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.Calls to remove cemetery monuments are raising questions. Are such monuments really on public display? Should they be treated like the ones in public squares?

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A Marine Le Pen Aide Leaves Far-Right Party

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:01:07 GMT

Florian Philippot and Marine Le Pen at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, last October.Florian Philippot said the National Front was taking “a terrible step backward” as it struggled to regroup.

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Monsanto’s New Weed Killer, Dicamba, Divides Farmers

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:26:09 GMT

Michael Kemp with part of a soybean plant that was damaged by the weed killer dicamba on his farm in Missouri.Twenty-five million acres have been planted with genetically modified seeds to encourage the spraying of the chemical. Farmers worry about damage to crops.

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Karachi Journal: Daring to Celebrate, Sect in Pakistan Prepares for Honored Guest

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 03:28:24 GMT

Volunteers monitoring the progress of renovations at the Taheri Mosque in Karachi, Pakistan. The spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohras, a small Shiite sect, is to visit the mosque.The Dawoodi Bohras bear the scars of sectarian attacks, but they are going all out to host their sect’s leader for the first time in more than 20 years.

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Kenya Court Says It Nullified Election Over Possible Hacking

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:16:46 GMT

Demonstrators outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday as the justices explained why they had annulled the result of the presidential election.It said the electoral commission had failed to instill confidence in the results, but the justices stopped short of calling the vote rigged.

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Google Is Buying HTC’s Smartphone Expertise for $1.1 Billion

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:00:56 GMT

HTC employees were already working with Google on smartphone development before a $1.1 billion deal that was announced on Wednesday.The deal bolsters Google’s ability to build mobile hardware and joins two companies already working together on one of Google’s upcoming Pixel phones.

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The Latest Design Trend: Black and Burned Wood

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:03:15 GMT

An ancient Japanese technique protects cedar by charring it a witchy charcoal. It’s having a renaissance in the West (for less practical reasons).

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Michael Phelps: A Golden Shoulder to Lean On

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:00:23 GMT

Grant Hackett, left, and Michael Phelps at Scottsdale National Golf Club in Arizona last month. Phelps has been helping Hackett cope with mental health problems similar to the ones he has confronted.Phelps, who confronted mental health problems three years ago, has opened his home to Grant Hackett, a friend and fellow Olympian with similar troubles. Phelps has also lent an ear to Tiger Woods.

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On a California Ranch, Perfect Conditions for Pro Surfing

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:08:29 GMT

Mick Fanning of Australia competing Tuesday at a closed-door surfing test event in California. The competition — on manufactured waves produced by a giant hydrofoil — was the first of its kind.The World Surf League hosted a test event Tuesday at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Lemoore, Calif., the first time a wave system has been used competitively.

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